Lynda Renham, author of books with hilarious titles, is visiting Inheritance Books today.
Hi Lynda, welcome to Inheritance Books. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Lynda Renham. I am the bestselling author of the romantic comedies Croissants and Jam Coconuts and Wonderbras, Pink Wellies and Flat Caps and The Dog’s Bollocks which is my latest novel. I also have a little ditty out titled The Confessions of a Chocoholic, which is a collection of short stories about my mad life.
I live in Oxfordshire with my second husband and our little cat Bendy. I have been writing for 25 years but only had success in the past three, when I decided to write comedy. I have a contemporary novel out titled The Diary of Rector Byrnes which is written under the pseudonym of Edith Waylen. It is very different to my comedy novels.
I love chocolate and music and need both when writing. I have talked on radio and written political articles before turning my attention mostly to novel writing.
I live in the country and absolutely love it. We take lovely walks through our village and I take many photos and share them on my Facebook page.
I love having contact with my readers and love to hear what they like about my novels and which ones are their favourites. I produce a monthly newsletter and anyone can subscribe to it by going to my web page at http://www.renham.co.uk. I’d love to hear from you so please do contact me. I’m on Twitter as well as Facebook and you can always contact me via my website.
Oxfordshire is lovely. The countryside is so heartbreakingly beautiful in the summer.
Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
The book I have inherited and love dearly for many reasons is The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch. My mother bought it many years and gave it to me and so began my love and addiction for Iris Murdoch. I have all her books. And what makes this introduction so special is because twenty years later after being introduced to Iris Murdoch a wonderful film was made about her life based on the book written about her by her husband John Bayley. I discovered after seeing the film that Iris had lived in Oxfordshire and not far from me. I found out from a friend where it was and learnt that John still lived there. I found the house and popped a note in asking John Bayley if I could pop round for tea and see where Iris had written her books as I was such a big fan. The biggest shock was when he answered the note and invited me for tea. It was amazing. I saw Iris’s study and her home and met John Bayley and best of all John read my book The Diary of Rector Byrnes and said it was highly publishable. From a Professor of English that was praise indeed. That was one of the highlights of my life.
Which book would you leave for later generations? Why?
The book I would leave for future generations is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It was recommended to me and is a beautifully written novel and so compelling. Absolutely beautiful and I want to buy a copy for all my friends. It is a book that has made me desperately want to go to India. I have many books recommended to me but this one was most certainly the best ever.
Thank you for sharing our Inheritance Books with us, Lynda. All the best with your books.